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Celtic Invasion of Dingle, Ireland 2009

Just off the plane and I’m ready to talk about another Celtic Invasion. This time–Ireland in mid-September 2009. I had several people who expressed an interest. So I’ve decided to go ahead with this trip if I can get the prerequisite four people to make it happen.

Right now, I am looking at Southern Ireland, maybe spending time around Dingle. But I am open to any ideas. So let’s start talking where in Ireland would you like to go, what would you like to see and do?

For those who are new to the Celtic Invasion Vacations, make sure you read the website. CIVs are not tours. If you are hoping to see the whole of Ireland in 7 days, this trip is not for you. These are vacations. The goal is to relax and enjoy the country, one another’s company, and enjoy some music by yours truly as well as any I can wrangle up.

 

The dates are September 16-23, 2009.

Good food. Good drink. Good company. That’s my motto. And that is what you can expect from the trip. Our first trip was a smashing success, so I hope you are just as cool and interesting as we relax and enjoy Ireland.

I will tentatively plan, from your and my suggestions, at least one thing a day for us to do. From there, we can do or not do any of those depending on what all we want to do.

So there you have it. That is the basics. I am tentatively planning a base price of $2150 (for a Single Room) for a week-long vacation (though it will cost more after June 30th). There is a $500 non-refundable deposit to join the vacation. If you want to reserve your spot, send the application with your deposit as soon as possible. You can find the application attached below.

LAND FARE INCLUDES:

Transport to and from the airport.
Day trip transportation.
Sleeping accommodations for a single bedroom.
Continental breakfasts (7).
Musical entertainment by Marc Gunn.

LAND FARE HOTELS:
7 nights, locations TBA

AIR TRAVEL
You must manage your own air travel
The best time to purchase tickets is within 30-90 days of traveling. If you’re using Frequent Flyer Miles, give yourself at least six months to book your tickets.

Rough Itinerary (7 day)

Day Zero: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Leave for Ireland. Here’s a flight I found that looks like a good price, but it seems Delta has better air fare rates.

AER LINGUS EI104
non-stop New York
17:45 Tue 15 Sep 2009 Dublin
05:15 Wed 16 Sep 2009

AER LINGUS EI133
non-stop Dublin
11:30 Wed 16 Sep 2009 Shannon
12:15 Wed 16 Sep 2009

AER LINGUS EI111
non-stop Shannon
13:30 Wed 23 Sep 2009 New York
15:40 Wed 23 Sep 2009

Day One: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
- Arrive at 12:15pm
- Dinner: Relaxing dinner in Dingle.
- Music with Marc Gunn

Day Two: Thursday, September 17, 2009
- Relaxed day in Dingle
- Pub and then music

Day three: Friday, September 18, 2009
- See the Dingle Peninsula
- Music with Marc Gunn

Day Four: Saturday, September 19, 2009
- Visit Cork
- Find a place to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrggh!
- Find an Irish seisun

Day Five: Sunday, September 20, 2009
- Horseback riding?
- Music with Marc Gunn

Day Six: Monday, September 21, 2009
- Blaskett Island/Fungie Tour
- Music with Marc Gunn

Day Seven: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Stay in place closer to Shannon… Doolin?
- Irish seisun

Day Eight: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- Fly home.

IF you have ANY QUESTIONS, please do not hesitate to ask. This is a work in progress and fairly flexible, but I will do my best to respond as I can.

 

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